ITV's Super Sunday

This weekend saw the ITV main channel's best Sunday night performance since 2010!

A brilliant line-up of Surprise Surprise, The X Factor and Downton Abbey meant that from 7-10:30pm on Sunday evening, 35% of people watching TV were watching ITV.

Holly Willoughby kicked things off with Surprise Surprise. The show was watched by 4.9 million viewers, peaking at 5.7 million. The share of audience was 23%, a 34% increase on last year's series average.

Next came The X Factor, watched by 9.8 million viewers and a 39% share, peaking at a massive 10.8 million viewers. Sunday night marked an end of the Audition rounds, which overall have averaged 9.3m. This is a 7% increase on last year. Roll on new look Bootcamp rounds!

Finally 9pm saw the highly anticipated return of Downton Abbey. Following on from the shocking Christmas day episode, series 4 started with an amazing 9.5 million viewers and a 40% share of the audience. This was the highest ever launch for the drama, up on last year's series opener by half a million viewers. It's the most watched drama on any channel this year, with more viewers than Broadchurch, Mr Selfridge and BBC One's Call the Midwife.

Watch this special sneak peek of episode 2, where Anna (Joanne Froggatt) reaches out to help a desperate but proud Molesley (Kevin Doyle).

Anna (Joanne Froggatt) reaches out to help a desperate but proud Molesley (Kevin Doyle).

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